LGBT Adoptions are Legal in Utah

Exciting changes in Utah law make gay adoptions possible for married couples, and Alder Law in Salt Lake City has the knowledge, tenacity and experience to help families and children get all the legal rights they deserve. Our firm's founder pioneered legal co-guardianships for a number of lesbian couples before gay marriage laws changed, and we have helped many same-sex couples with estate planning to protect their relationships and safeguard their assets. We're committed to continuing our support for couples in Utah's LGBT community.

In our work with co-guardianships, we have helped biological mothers and their female co-parents construct arrangements that allow the whole family to share insurance benefits, legal responsibilities and full custody rights. Now, full formal adoption is possible when lesbian and gay couples in situations such as this are married.

Types of Gay Adoption Allowed in Utah

Much of our work has been with formalizing adoptions where one person is the biological parent, but we can also help couples who want to adopt in other situations, including:

  • Joint LGBT adoptions when neither parent is biologically related to the child
  • Infant adoptions
  • Step-parent adoptions
  • Gay adoptions for children conceived by artificial insemination or surrogate mothers
  • Foster care adoptions
  • International adoptions

When is LGBT Adoption Allowed?

In Utah, children up to the age of 18 are eligible for adoptions, and any couple who is legally married can apply. In some cases, single adults can also apply if they have a special relationship with the child such as a history of acting as a parent in a same-sex relationship. State law does not allow cohabiting couples who are unmarried to adopt, regardless of sexual orientation.

You Are Unique, and Your Legal Approach Should Be Too

At Alder Law, we take personal interest in our clients. We take the time to personally relate to each one so we can determine the best legal action for your situation. We don't rubber stamp and rush cases through, because we know that our legal efforts are more successful and our clients have a better experience when we make the effort to take personal care of them.

Same-sex couple adoptions are relatively new to Utah, and we understand if you have questions or concerns. With Alder Law in Salt Lake City, you don't have to rely on the news media for legal advice. We invite you and your partner to call our offices or to come sit down with us for a free gay adoption consultation.